In the wake of the Minneapolis bridge collapse a couple of months ago, many reports have circulated around the US, determining that the state of infrastructure is near critical, with major funding required to ensure that infrastructure remains in service.

However, in Canada, investigations into recent bridge collapses have produced little momentum from governments to look at the state and remaining lifespan of infrastructure. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities issued the results of a poll of some of it’s member organizations, which has extrapolated that there is an infrastructure deficit of as much as $123 billion dollars, and that municipalities should not bear the entire brunt of the cost.

Brilliant Bridge on the Kootenay River


The physical foundations of Canada’s cities and communities are “near collapse,” according to a report on the state of municipal infrastructure released today by Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) President Gord Steeves.
The report, Danger Ahead: The Coming Collapse of Canada’s Municipal Infrastructure, says that close to 80 per cent of Canada’s infrastructure is past its service life. It sets the price for eliminating the municipal infrastructure deficit at $123 billion.

There is a huge incentive to fix things up now, while the dollar is strong against the USD and the Canadian economy is relatively strong. Will the provincial and federal governments step up to the challenge?

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Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.